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.....I'm feeling rather brain-dead from the week, so I thought that this was a good way to try and get my brain engaged again.

.....According to [livejournal.com profile] slysidonia, the rules are simple: "Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes."

.....So, here's my list:

1. The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King).
2. The Hobbit.
3. The Silmarillion.
4. The Fionavar Tapestry (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, The Darkest Road).
5. Stranger In A Strange Land.
6. Watership Down.
7. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (Lord Fouls Bane, The Illearth War, The Power That Preserves).
8. Shogun.
9. Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (The Dragonbone Chair, The Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower).
10. The Darwath Trilogy (The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, The Armies of Daylight).
11. The Four Feathers.
12. The Chonicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, etc.).
13. The Year of the Unicorn.
14. Stand By For Mars!
15. Those Who Hunt The Night.

.....It was surprisingly difficult after No. 10. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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.....The 'Three Things' Meme...

Three names I go by:
1. Aaron
2. Arontius
3. Michael or "Mike"

Three Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Air Conditioning Repair Mechanic
2. Insulator / Asbestos Inspector
3. Hazardous Materials Planner

Three Places I have lived:
1. Weldon, California
2. Coronado, California
3. Palmdale, California

Three Favorite drinks:
1. Diet Mountain Dew
2. Sugar Free Strawberry Slurpee
3. Soy Sugar Free Vanilla Latte

Three TV Shows I watch:
1. Star Trek - Deep Space Nine
2. CBS World News
3. Farscape
(Guess I need to watch more T.V.?)

Three places I have been:
1. London, England
2. Ancourage, Alaska
3. Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Baby! :-)

Three of my favorite foods:
1. Tabasco Sauce (A food group all its own! :-))
2. Salad
3. Bar-B-Que Grilled Steak

Three things I am looking forward to:
1. The Retirement of my current Big Boss.
2. My next trip to England.
3. NORWESCON, 2010.

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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.....No matter what version of the Briggs-Myers I take, no matter whether I pay attention to the questions or do them 'on the fly', I seem to get the same result. :-) Maybe I should make an effort to be more spontaneous. :-)

You Are An INFJ
The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener with almost infinite patience.
You have complex feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.
You enjoy relationships when they are improving and changing. You can't stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy... as long as you are working toward a dream you support.
You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable
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.....I asked TBT for five words as the 'Five Words Meme' sounded like an interesting diversion. Here is what she picked for me:

.....1.) Laugh: I've always had a distinctive and rather loudish laugh. It's one of the things people remember most about me. It's also how people find me in a large area as well. I work in an office environment where our floor is quite large and filled with cubicles. I've had more than one person tell me that they were able to locate my position on the floor by listening for the sound of my laugh. I don't laugh as often there as in the past, but it is still heard occasionally. If you listen to my mother, or even my brother, you will quickly pick up on the fact that it is a genetic thing. Laughter is fun, and contagious. I wish more people would laugh as a regular part of their day. :-)

.....2.) LotR: Oh, My, God! One of the foundation stones to life! All hail Professor Tolkien in all of his glory on high!!! :-) When I was in the fourth grade I lived on a farm on the edge of the Mojave desert in California. The 'Big City' (tm) of Bakersfield was a two hour drive away and done once a month as a treat. Outside of chores, there was not a lot of exciting things to do in our corner of the world. My mother was an avid collector and reader of books and at about fourth grade my interest in reading exploded (we didn't have video games in those days, yark, yark, yeark). I tore through her collection of young adult stuff from her youth (I devoured her entire Tom Corbett - Space Cadet series in less than a week :-)). In desperation she threw 'The Hobbit' at me. I immediately fell in love with the wild lands of Middle Earth. Then she threw The Lord of the Rings at me and it immediately felt like Rapture had come to Earth. I was ENTRANCED. I read through all three books. My mother couldn't get me to do ANYTHING else. As soon as I finished The Return of the King, I immediately turned around and picked up The Fellowship of the Ring and started again. I did this five times in a row before I finally set the books down and picked up something else (which happened to be Watership Down, but that is a different story). But it was the start of a lifelong obsession. I built my own alternate Middle Earth history, my own timeline, even my own set of maps for areas of Middle Earth not yet officially mapped by Professor Tolkien. I still have my timeline and alternate history. You should ask to see them sometime when you are at the house. :-)

.....3.) Love: This is a tough one to answer. I used to think of myself as the classic romantic type; poetry, flowers, serenades, all the mushy stuff. Then I found the true love of my life and discovered that I was much more the 'classical' male type than I realized. I found myself feeling clumsy and awkward when trying to express my true feelings of love. I found myself forgetting all the important dates (like St. Valentine's Day). I found flowers and cards to be rather cheesy. And I think my love poetry sucketh. Being in love is tough because I'm in love with someone who is smarter than I am, and stronger, and more creative, and more brilliant. I feel rather inadequate on many occasions. But I wouldn't trade a thing as I think that I truly lucked out. It is quite a challenge to try and keep up and prove myself worthy.

.....4.) Quiet: TBT finds this to be the most frustrating thing about me. When I have a tough decision to make, I get quiet because I internalize a debate over the challenge until I make a decision and move forward. That internal debate can be quite intense until it is resolved. But as it is happening I totally shut down externally. TBT likes to talk through things, or at least think her decisions out loud. She looks at the situation, comes to a decision and moves forward with it. There is no looking back or second guessing in her case. I second guess everything, which is why I agonize over every tough decision I make. I also get quiet when I am mad, when I am sad. But I also get quiet when I get contemplative or when I get creative. It truly drives TBT mad sometimes because there are times when I get quiet and she can not figure out why and whether I am happy, or sad, or ??? :-)

.....5.) Poetry: I love words. I love the magic that words shape. Words are truly magical in that by there utterance you can profoundly affect someone's life. You can change the history of the world with the writing of these magical things upon a page. They are more powerful than most humans suspect. I am entranced by words. I love studying the entymology of words, philology is a minor passion of mine. Poetry itself intrigues me greatly as poetry is the use of words in a pattern that turns it truly magical, a true spell. I'm not so fond of free verse. I love structure and pattern, which is why I love sonnetry so much. It has a rather strict form. Making words fit that structure and say what you want to say is magical in its own rite. The rhyme and meter of poetry can calm jumpy nerves and calm a restless mind. The sing-song of a poem can bring a smile on a bad day. I love poetry.

.....There you go. Are you bored yet? :-)

.....If anyone wants five words from me, I'm game. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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.....Hey, at least I'm writing SOMETHING. :-)

1. Where is your mobile phone? In my coat pocket. Which is in the Computer Room / Office.
2. Your significant other? In Suzie (the Subaru), headed to Seattle.
3. Your hair? Thinning badly. On off-brown.
4. Your mother? In her apartment near the Warren Ave. Bridge.
5. Your father? On the property in Sunnyslope most likely.
6. Your favorite thing? The people I know.
7. Your dream last night? I don't remember my dreams very often. If I even have them.
8. Your favorite drink? Alcoholic - Don Julio. Non-Alcoholic - Diet Mountain Dew.
9. Your dream/goal? Publish something. Go to England again.
10. The room you're in? The Living Room
11. Your Ex? Ex-Girlfriend? Which One? I'm not sure, to be honest.
12. Your fear? Disappointing people.
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Smarter. Six years closer to being retired. Dragon's Laire Courtier to Whomever the Baroness happens to be.
14. Where were you last night? Home.
15. What you're not? Smart and Rich.
16. Muffins? Too much sugar.
17. One of your wish list items? A full metal working shop downstairs.
18. Where you grew up? Started in California (Mojave Desert towns). Finished in Port Orchard, WA.
19. The last thing you did? Had a bad breakfast that I'll probably regret in about twenty minutes.
20. What are you wearing? Sweats and a red shirt. Glad I'm not playing as a security agent for a Star Trek movie. :-)
21. Your T.V.? A cool flat screen in the Living Room.
22. Your pets? Three cats lounging around in various locations.
23. Your computer? Slow as the proverbial snail and ancient. Currently going through security checks in the Computer Room / Office.
24. Your life? Too freakishly busy.
25. Your mood? Complacent for the moment.
26. Missing someone? Yes, several. My brother tops the list at the moment.
27. Your car? In the driveway. Needs a bath desparately.
28. Something you're not wearing? My coat?
29. Favorite store? Powell's Bookstore. Dusty Strings.
30. Your summer? Usually busy.
31. Like someone? Definitely.
32. Your favorite color? Red and Black.
33. When is the last time you laughed? About twenty minutes ago.
34. Last time you cried? Can't remember.
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.....Hmmm, should I be worried about the appearance of my masculinity? I sometimes wonder that when these tests turn up with this type of result. But parts of it do fit. It is an interesting Meme. But mainly I'm about ready to go home from work and can't wait to get out of here. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.

Your result for Which Chess Piece are You Test?...

The Queen


Queen’s are the rarest of all types. They are quiet but hold the deepest of convictions regarding the matters of the world. They are frequently activists for their cause, they will do what’s right but not for glory, not for political power. It is why they are the Queen. They are the champions of the oppressed and the downtrodden. They are found in the wake of the aftermath rescuing those in acute distress. They may even fantasize revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. Think of ‘Poetic Justice’ and you’ll have appealed to the Queen.



You can’t lead the Queen if only because they are right in suspecting others motives. You cannot fool this individual even if they are sympathetic. The Queen selects a few for friendship – these are friends that transcend the very word. They promote harmony with their very presence and typically make their surroundings more beautiful by just being there to clean up the mess. Don’t mistake them for extroverts – they are special in their diplomacy. They are ‘doers’ and dreamers. They can only be intimate with a chosen few. They will withdraw suddenly if pressed and this is necessary for them.



The Queen excels with writing and communication. They are often the counselors of home, of public service and the good face of politics for the King. They look at the global perspective and are better at spotting patterns and relations. They think of the future and strive for meaning and purpose.

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.....The difficulty level on this was near laughable. As in some of their questions themselves were wrong (based on incomplete knowledge of the FACTS). They shouldn't let amateurs put together quizes like this. It should be against the law! :-)


Your Score: Haran


You scored 100% Tolkien Sense!



King You know your stuff. Heck, I shouldn't be the one writing this test. You're the king of Tolkien Sense.



"The wise speak only of what they know." LOTR Book 3 Chapter 6



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....."What do you view as your greatest strength? What is your greatest flaw?"

.....I actually am finding it difficult stating what my greatest strength it. And I think that over time my strengths have changed. One of the things that I think that I like is the ability to get things done with a group of people. I like to facilitate things. Talk to people. Find out their likes and dislikes and then work with them to get something done. At work I find this to be of great benefit. I regular gather people together to work through problems. I help put all of their ideas together into a plan that gets something done. Because of this ability I'm often sought out to help people with problems that need solution. Hand in hand with this is curiosity. I'm intensely curious about everything and like to learn new things. Doesn't matter if it is of a personal interest of mine, I like learning about it. This has also helped in getting things done as I like to ask all kinds of questions, and don't mind if I appear to be asking stupid questions. I find that the stupid questions I ask are those others think to ask but don't. :-) It's something that my current work assignment has taught me well. :-)

.....In the flaws department I have a bounty of examples unfortunately. :-) I'm naive in a lot of things. Am very gullible and entirely too trusting of people, often to my detriment. But I suppose the greatest flaw is the inability to say 'NO'. I often take so much onto myself that I am utterly overwhelmed. The real problem with this is that I may soldier on and get everything done, but all of it is done 'half-assed' because I couldn't give it the attention it deserved. Something that I'm trying hard to fix, but is difficult. It's my quest I guess. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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....."If you were a famous vocalist, from what music genre would you sing?"

.....This is actually a tougher question then you might think. My musical listening taste wanders all over the spectrum of music. And it has broadened even more as I've aged as well. :-) On any given week you might find anything from Gregorian Chant to Wolgemut to '80's to Dance to Electronica to Top 40 playing on the stereo in my car. So it isn't like I am stuck to any one genre in the taste department.

.....But, if I were a famous vocalist and this now assumes that I KNOW how to sing and can sing well, then I would have to say that I would sing Operatica. Mainly because the range in scale is incredibly breathtaking and I'd feel vastly accomplished every time I finished a song. It's a cool combination of a modern musical beat mixed with the vocal stylings and fancy wording of Opera music. It's really rather a neat sound.

.....I first heard something along these lines in 'The Fifth Element'. There is a scene where the 'Space Diva' starts off with the song "Lucia di Lammermoor", which morphs into a dance song, 'The Diva Dance'. I was intrigued by the sound and did a little investigation and found a whole new genre style. There are at least a handful of albums of this style of dance and opera and I definitely enjoy the sound.

.....So, there you go. Strange, huh? But you should expect that from me now. :-)

.....Arontius / Aaron.
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.....This one is interesting as it forces you to write something, practice your journalling, and yet gives you something on which to focus. Which is kind of cool.

"Everyone has things they post about. Everyone has things they don't post about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't mention often, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post."

.....I don't think that I've been particularly quiet on any subject in particular on Live Journal, but maybe someone will think of something that will surprise me. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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.....Quotes from some of my personal favorite movies. My apologies if any of them are repeats. Remember, no cheating by checking on-line for the quotes. :-)

1. "You may be lost, but you are not forgotten. For those who have travelled far, to fight in foreign lands, know that the soldier's greatest comfort is to have his friends close at hand. In the heat of battle it ceases to be an idea for which we fight. Or a flag. Rather we fight for the man on our left, and we fight for the man on our right. And when armies are scattered and the empires fall away, all that remains is the memory of those precious moments that we spent side by side."

2. Top Gun (Inez) - "The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid."

3. Ladyhawk (TBT) - "Sir, the truth is, I talk to God all the time, and, no offense, but He never mentioned you."

4. "Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always."

5. Knightriders (Joel) - "There can only be one king, Morgan. You can't just split off and start over again whenever you want. We both know that inside. There can only be one king at one time. That's the law."

6. "That's, uh, that's enough music for now, lads... looks like there's dirty work afoot."

7. "Allow me to introduce myself. My name is August Christopher. I was named for St. Augustine, who coined my favorite phrase, 'Give me chastity and give me constancy, but do not give it yet.'"

8. Star Wars - A New Hope (Episode IV) (Angharad) - "Don't call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease."

9. Forest Gump (Signy) - "I'm sorry I had to fight in the middle of your Black Panther party."

10. Singing In The Rain (Angharad) - "Ladies and gentlemen, when you look at this gorgeous couple, it's no wonder they're a household name all over the world like... bacon and eggs. Lockwood and Lamont!"

11. The Princess Bride (Margret) - "I fight gangs for local charities and stuff."

12. Groundhog Day (Achaxe) - "I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster and drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. *That* was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over and over and over..."

13. The Terminator (Dame Eleanor) - "Come on. Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean, am I tough, organized? I can't even balance my checkbook!"

14. Army of Darkness (Signy) - "Sure, I could have stayed in the past. I could have even been king. But in my own way, I *am* king. Hail to the king, baby."

15. The Quiet Man (Melusine) - "Ah, yes... I knew your people, Sean. Your grandfather; he died in Australia, in a penal colony. And your father, he was a good man too."

.....Hmmm, maybe a prize is in order for anyone who can figure out all fifteen correctly, without looking up the quotes on-line? :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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Which Beatles song are you?
Your Result: Here Comes the Sun
 

You're an optimistic to the core, and you usually ride out tough times with the future in mind. Winter is your least favorite time of year. Your positive attitude is not overbearing, and others welcome your encouragement.

The Space Between
 
Hey Jude
 
All You Need is Love
 
Eleanor Rigby
 
Twist and Shout
 
Yellow Submarine
 
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
 
Which Beatles song are you?
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.....I actually have a number of Beattles albums. I love playing Sgt. Peppers when I'm feeling the need to be psychadelic. George Harrison's 'Within You Without You' definitely fits that bill. :-)

.....Now I'm hungry and it's dinner time. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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.....Pretty much what I expected as well...

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. New Age (88%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (84%)
4. Liberal Quakers (83%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (82%)
6. Reform Judaism (71%)
7. Hinduism (70%)
8. Bahá'í Faith (66%)
9. Sikhism (65%)
10. Scientology (65%)
11. New Thought (64%)
12. Taoism (63%)
13. Theravada Buddhism (62%)
14. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (62%)
15. Secular Humanism (54%)
16. Jainism (53%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (51%)
18. Orthodox Quaker (44%)
19. Orthodox Judaism (41%)
20. Islam (34%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (30%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
23. Nontheist (23%)
24. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (22%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (19%)
26. Roman Catholic (19%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (11%)

.....My warped life, and view of it from above, :-). But it looks like I'm not alone in that warpedness. :-).

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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Pink?! Hmmm, not a choice *I* would have made...

What color is your soul painted?

Pink

Your soul is painted the color pink, which embodies the characteristics of love, friendship, compassion, femininity, relaxation, ability to overcome evil, honor, morality, general success, gratitude, appreciation, admiration, sympathy, health, and marriage. Pink falls under the element of Air, and is symbolic of gentle emotions and of emotional unions.

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1. What is your SCA Name? Primary Registered - Arontius of Bygelswade. Alternate Registered - Justin Case.

2. What time and where do you portray? Best described as 'SCA Generic'. But when it matters, a smattering of Norse and a little bit of English during the time of the Black Prince. The Beloved Tamm is also branching me out into Rus as well.

3. In plain English describe your device. Primary - Gold backround with a winged serpent on it carrying a quill pen in its tail. And in a base area that is black a gold house cat facing out with two wings spread out readying for flight. Alternate - Red and black devided background with a silver winged cat seated on its hind end, all within a border of white with black ermine tails.

4. How long have you been in the SCA? 20 years, 7 months.

5. Do you have any special titles you have earned? Master (Pelican of the SCA).

6. What kingdom and local group do you belong to? Kingdom of An Tir, Barony of Dragon's Laire (proudly so).

7. Do you have preferred colors for your SCA Persona? Baronial colors of red and black.

8. What is your war that you look forward to going to every year? Estrella War!!!!!

9. Do you hold any offices? Currently, the Seneschal of the Barony of Dragon's Laire.

10. Favorite memory from an event? There are a lot of them. My first June Faire in 1987. Cooling off in the river at an An Tir/West War in Cavern's Gate. Meeting Amanda Kendal at 3YC. Watching Duke Tjorkill do a back flip in full armor at a Crown Tournament at Willamette State Park. Witnessing a full 1,000+ fighters on a battle field at my first Estrella War. Swearing fealty to THL Catelin. The Hawaiian Themed 'End-Of-Season' party at Hot Summer Lights (in my Hawaiian Print T-Tunic :-)). The dance demo I led at June Faire that resulted in my picture in the Bremerton Sun (Ouch!). My first event as autocrat (Candlemas 1996). My first June Faire as autocrat (2000). My first Kingdom Event as Autocrat Chairman (Twelfth Night 2004). Etc., etc., etc.

11. Are you a fighter? What kind? Yes. Rank Amateur!!!!

12. Are you crafty (making things)? A little. Certainly NOT an artist though. Just ask my friends :-).

13. Do you teach classes at events? I have, but not a whole lot.

14. Do you play instruments at events? I do when I can, it is a lot of fun. Mainly recorder.

15. Do you dance at events? Whenever I can. English Country Dance (SCA Style) is a helluva a lot of fun.

16. Do you feel that there is enough flirting and chivalrous behavior in the SCA? There is not nearly enough of either.

17. Are you a "Black Hat" or a "White Hat"? I'm not sure. I haven't heard these terms used in the SCA before.

18. What is one of the reasons you've remained in the SCA? The Arthurian Dream that permeates my soul. And my family of friends of course. :-)

19. What peerage(s) do you aspire to? Pelican.

20. Who was Crown when you joined the SCA? Their Majesties Dak and Lao.

21. If you are a Peer, who was the Crown that elevated you? Their Majesties Uther and Angharad.

22. Have you lived in more than 1 kingdom and which ones? I lived in Caid for a short period of time in 1999, in the Barony of Calafia.

23. Have you helped found a group? Sorta, the shire that formed in the Belfair area. It was very short lived though.

24. Have you had any house affiliations? Yup! The Spenser-Longfellow Trading Company and the Consortio de Draconis.
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.....20 Years Ago - 1987
.....In May I moved out of my parents' house. In June I went to my first SCA event, June Faire. My head was full of Arthurian Romance. Then I went to my first Shire Business Meeting in July. OH MY GOD!!!! The Shire had a freakin' three hour debate over the merits of purchasing fire extinguishers. I ran screaming into the night and did not go back to a Business Meeting again until 1991. I spent the next several years only going to June Faires and partaking in our own version of fight practice in the back yard forest, which consisted of quarter staves and no armor. OUCH! :-) In October I moved into a house in Port Orchard affectionally known as The Zombie Zone. There was myself, James Del Emrys, Richard 'Oaf' of Sussex, James' brother Loren, and Byron Heckenlively. Wow! What an adventure that was. And the alcohol. Eek!
.....
.....10 Years Ago - 1997
.....The Barony of Dragon's Laire was imploding around the personality of 'She Who Must Not Be Named'. It was a very traumatic time for everyone. Many rats left the sinking ship of Dragon's Laire and played elsewhere for a while. Our household of the Spenser-Longfellow Trading Company was the only thing that was keeping me sane, but the personalities involved were already making things difficult at times. At work I had just started as a Hazardous Materials Coordinator. I was living in a tiny one bedroom home on 8th Street in Bremerton. The place that was stuffed to the ceiling with STUFF with tiny walkways throughout. :-)
.....
.....5 Years Ago - 2002
.....This was a relatively slow year for me in the SCA. I was working The Flaming News at June Faire and helping run Ingasbo as a merchant. This was my second year in my house on Bridle View Place. The new household was getting off the ground as Consortio De Draconis. I was working as an Emergent Work Planner at work and spending all of my spare time trying to keep up with it.
.....
.....1 Year Ago - 2006
.....I was starting my third year as Kingdom Chronicler and my second year as a Pelican. I had started going out with my dream lady, the Beloved Laurellen, and was amazed that she was really going out with me. I kept thinking that I was in a dream and it was indeed wonderful. I was now a GS-12 permanent at work and had just split off of Code 361 and started a new Code 392 to cover Non-Nuclear emergent work. It was a VERY frustrating time as their was no organization to the change and no support. Things haven't changed much since then. But at least I get to look forward to coming home each night to the Beloved Tamm. It makes the day bearable, that's for sure. :-)

.....Aaron / Arontius.
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But I can see the fit. :-) I often feel like Herman around here. Especially considering the super smart woman to whom I'm married. :-)


Your Score: Herman Munster!


Our test has determined that you possess
28% Hellbentness, 65% Sanguinity, and 53% Creeps!
Well done!



Your Proto-Goth Icon match is Herman Munster! *cue the rockin' surf Munsters Theme!*

Created in a German laboratory by Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Herman Munster was the mad scientist's first creation to have a civilized personality rather than a barbaric one. Although he spent his childhood in three separate jars and is 150 years old, Herman displays the childlike innocence, enthusiasm and intellect of an average fourth-grader, often throwing temper tantrums. He's employed as a gravedigger for the Gateman, Goodbury and Graves Funeral Parlor. In spite of his immaturity, Herman possesses deep wisdom that he regularly imparts on his son Eddie.

Link: The what Proto-Goth Icon are you? Test written by anastasia_x on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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1. Mundane Name: Michael Aaron Rogers
2. Mundane Job: Emergent Work Planning Manager
3. Persona name: Arontius of Bygelswade
4. How did you come up with your name? I started out with a character's name from a roll playing game in which I was involved. I started using it when I joined the SCA and then researched until I found a documentable close equivalent.
5. Where and when did your persona live? Mid-14th Century. Bedfordshire, England.
6. What is your Known World Location? The Barony of Dragon's Laire.
7. What kingdom do you consider to be your home? An Tir
8. How long have you played? 20 years last June Faire.
9. How did you get started? Rosalie Harper and Jehanne Catrill took me out to June Faire, 1987, and I immediately fell in love with the concept.
10. Why did you join? The recreation and study of history. The music helped, as did the arts and crafts. Plus, all my friends at the time were joining. :-)
11. Have you registered a name? Two (Arontius of Bygelswade and Justin Case).
12. Have you registered a device? Primary device and two badges.
13. What awards have you been granted? In what kingdom did you receive these awards? All from An Tir
Award of Arms, Goutte de Sang, Order of the Pelican, ORDER of the Wyvern, Snapdragon (x2), Bubmblebee, Dragon's Heart, Golden Hyphen, 5/4 TWIT (now defunct :-)).
14. How many events do you attend each year? Approximately eight to ten a year.
15. What is the best event you have ever been to? Estrella War, 1997, and the Thirtieth Year Celebration were my two favorite events of the SCA.
16. What is the worst event you have ever been to? The Yule Feast where we polled for or against 'She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named'.
17. What event do you make it to every year? June Faire.
18. What event do you refuse to go to? None.
19. Who is your favorite person to hang at an event with? Inga Calle.
20. What activities do you participate in? Mainly anything that has to do with the administrative aspects of running the Barony and Kingdom. Love bardic activities (dance, instrumental music, singing, etc.). Also enjoy learning new things.
21. What activity would you like to learn? I would like to learn cardweaving. I would also like to improve my calligraphy.
22. Are you a marshal? I was once an apprentice heavy marshall, but haven't had time to keep up with it.
23. How many tents have you had destroyed at events? None.
24. Has your garb ever caught on fire? Yes, DAMNED POLYESTHER!!!!!
25. Have you ever awakened in a strange person’s tent? No.
26. Do you have a pavilion? Yes.
27. Are you a peer? Technically, yes. But in reality it depends upon who you ask. :-)
28. Do you ever want to be a peer? Yes, I strive to be one all the time.
29. Is it a coincidence that peer rhymes with beer? No, takes beer sometimes to keep the visage calm when all you want to do is strangle the heck out of someone.
30. Are you a squire, apprentice or protégé? Not at the moment.
31. Who would you like to be squired, apprenticed or protégé-ed to? I want to be protege'd to Viscountess Callista! :-) But would also like to be apprenticed to either a poetry, bardic, scribal or needlework Laurel.
32. What is your war cry? War requires too much concentration to have a war cry. At least at my level of experience. Maybe when I learn what end of a sword is supposed to point up I'll develop an acceptable war cry. :-)
33. Have you ever been pulled off of the field for your safety? No.
34. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you in armor? Having key pieces of armor fall off of the body before they were even struck. :-)
35. Have you read Corpora? Sigh! Way too many times.
36. Circlets, how do you feel? I like circlets. :-) Visit www.ingasbo.com sometime. :-)
37. What household(s) do you belong to? Was originally a member of the Spenser-Longfellow Trading Company. Migrated over to the Consortio de Draconis (which is kind of in hiatus at the moment).
38. If you could change one thing about the SCA what would it be? MAKE THE SCA 'PAY TO PLAY'!!!!
39. What is your favorite part of the SCA? Chivalry and honour and the honest attempt to always reach that holy grail.
40. What is your SCA Goal for the next 7 years? Stay alive? :-) 1.) Grow with my new Lady Consort in the SCA and honour her always. 2.) Become a Courtier to HE Brighid in Dragon's Laire. 3.) Become a decent calligrapher and cardweaver. 4.) Take on Kingdom Bardic or Kingdom A&S (don't necessarily have to win, just entry the main competitions). 5.) Take on a Society level job. 6.) Become Kingdom Seneschal at some point. Is that enough for the moment? :-) Will probably take more then seven years though, but they are at least goals. :-)
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Your Score: The Sacred Buffalo


Here's your results! Your spirit animal has a Nobility ranking of 16 out of 18.



Hmmm, does this really sound like me?

Your spirit animal is the Sacred Buffalo. You could not ask for a better guardian. There are few animals more worthy, and none more difficult to domesticate. It is an extremely rare individual indeed who possesses enough spirit and wisdom to have this incredibly noble creature look over them. You don't need to be told this however, because you have always been aware that you stand above the rest.

***Wondering how this animal was chosen for you? These questions were carefully thought out to see how important you hold certain virtues such as: humanism, self-knowledge, rationalism, the love of freedom and other somewhat Hellenic ideals. Some of the questions were very subtle. Your score was then matched with an animal of corresponding nobility. However, you shouldn't think this was a right/wrong sort of test, but more of an idealistic values test. It's ok to not hold these values, you'll just get an animal spirit of lower stature if you do!***

Link: The What is Your Spirit Animal Test written by FindingEros on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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So, Arontius, your LiveJournal reveals...



You are... 38% unique
(blame, for example, your interest in playing my gemshorn)
and 13% herdlike
(partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy reading).
When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you believe in give and take.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 44

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 86% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!














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